Stereotactic image-guided navigation in the preoperative imaging of perforators for DIEP flap breast reconstruction
WM Rozen, MW Ashton, DL Stella, TJ Phillips, GI Taylor
MICROSURGERY | WILEY | Published : 2008
Preoperative imaging is sought prior to DIEA (Deep Inferior Epigastric Artery) perforator flaps due to the potential for maximizing operative success and minimizing operative complications. Recent advances include the use of computed tomography (CT) angiography (CTA) and magnetic resonance angiography. Image-guided stereotactic surgery is a recent technique that has been used with success in several fields of surgery. The variability of perforator anatomy makes DIEA perforator flap surgery a suitable candidate for such technology, but as yet this has not been described. A study was undertaken to determine the feasibility of CT-guided stereotaxy technique in DIEA perforator flap surgery and t..View full abstract
The authors acknowledge the following people: Francesca Langenberg, CT Supervisor, Royal Melbourne Hospital; Joanna Talis, Biomedical Engineer, BrainLAB; Brenton Ebert, Support Specialist, BrainLAB.